At Liberation, we love sharing our nuts and inviting people to give us their verdict. This week we’ve teamed up with Matt Lovell – a nutritional therapist with a special interest in elite sports performance. Besides running his own consultancy, Matt has advised the England rugby team, Olympic athletes and Premier League football teams. Here’s what he has to say:
Unless you’re in the know, you could easily fail to recognize a cashew nut if you saw one growing on a tree. Most of Liberation’s cashews grow on the ‘homestead’ farms of small-holders in tropical Kerala, deep down in Southern India. The precious cashew nut is disguised both by a very thick shell and by the large ‘cashew apple’ that it grows snuggled up next to.
Firstly, a very brief but important bit of nutritional science! The health of our sex hormones is highly dependent on a good mix of vitamins and minerals which we get from our diet. The most important of these are the vitamins A, C, D and E plus a good mix of the B vitamins and the minerals zinc, magnesium and selenium. And… equally important, are healthy fats – and that includes saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and essential fats.
Whilst many of us in the UK have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather across that has seen daffodils blooming as far north as Ayr and temperatures in double figures, our colleagues in Kerala are celebrating abundant, smallholder grown produce in the sultry heat of India’s Western Ghats as part of Seed Fest Week.
Dried Fruits and Berries are a great source of vitamin C which is crucial for a strong immune system, helping us to avoid debilitating bugs and viruses.
Seeds may be tiny but they pack a mighty punch on the health front.